Song adds to Leeds charity ball cash

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A BALL organised by a former fitness instructor who has MS has raised £9,000 for patient care and research.

And it is hoped a specially-written charity song will boost the total even further.

Bev Wright and her team held the third ICE Ball at the Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley, with proceeds going to a day case unit at Leeds General Infirmary and the Yorkshire Brain Research Centre.

The event saw the launch of the ICE Ball Anthem, Fight Song by Liz Keeting, which has already reached number 4 in the Amazon music charts and number 39 on iTunes.

“We are hoping it will provide a constant small trickle of funds for the charity as it is only 99p to download,” Bev said.

She was diagnosed with MS in 2013 after suffering unexplained aches and pains and then numbness in her rib cage.

After 20 years as a fitness instructor, she was forced to give up two months after her diagnosis, and now struggles with mobility though she is awaiting a hip replacement.

She has been working to raise awareness of MS and funds for charity, and the first ICE Ball was held in 2013.

More than 220 guests attended and the event was sponsored by the Yorkshire Clinic in Bingley.

Some of the proceeds will go to ward 26 at LGI, where patients with neurological conditions go for day case treatment, to buy TVs, reclining chairs and other equipment to make them more comfortable. The rest will support the Leeds-based Yorkshire Brain Research Centre.

For more information visit www.MSFundraising.co.uk

SURVIVOR: Ray Whincup, from Rothwell, with his wife Hazel.

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